not allowed to use something that belongs to everyone

allah"church not allowed to use ‘allah’ till court’s july 7 decision’ so went the heading in the malaysian insider.

huh? is that so? but why ah before this, the ex home minister, some muslim NGO/groups, many other muslims already said that the church should not use ‘allah’.

isn’t this what i had been stating all the while… that the church should be allowed to use ‘allah’ until the decision made by the court when the church’s suit to overturn the government ban is heard in court (that is yesterday).

it was only after yesterday’s hearing that the court made it clear that the church should not use ‘allah’… but very much earlier we already see loads of exremists saying the church should not use ‘allah’!!!

here is the article from the malaysian insider, with my comments in italic..

KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — The Catholic Church failed in its bid to get permission to use the word “Allah” while its suit to overturn the government ban is still being heard in the High Court.

The High Court here said the Catholic Church must wait until it decides conclusively on whether it is allowed to use “Allah” to refer to the Christian God.

“This means don’t use ‘Allah’ until the court decides,” said church lawyer S. Selvarajah.

Reverend Father Lawrence Andrew who edits the Catholic newspaper, The Herald, visibly drooped when he heard the news.

The editor-priest had seemed in high spirits earlier and was confident the High Court would allow the church to use the word “Allah” for the time being. He had smiled frequently while speaking with reporters earlier.

note: ‘for the time being’. the church knew they should allow to use ‘allah’ for the time being until the high court hearing. but all those extremists don’t understand. before this hearing, they already said the church should not use ‘allah’. now that the court has decided the church should not use ‘allah’ but wait until july for the hearing, i’m sure the church will oblige. it is only after yesterday’s hearing that it is officially decided by court that the church is not to use ‘allah’

Judge Lau Bee Lan set July 7 for the next hearing after dismissing the church’s request to stay the government ban, lawyers for both the church and the state told reporters this afternoon.

The arguments were carried out in the judge’s chambers instead of in open court.

If the High Court allowed the church to use “Allah” in a non-Muslim context, it would be helping the church commit an offence under state laws, a lawyer for the government explained to The Malaysian Insider.

offence said who? not the court!

According to a lawyer representing several state Islamic religious councils, it is an offence for non-Muslims to use the word “Allah” to refer to any God other than the Muslim God.

offence said who? not the court!

Abdul Rahim Sinwan referred to the Control and Restriction of the Propagation of non-Islamic Religious Enactment that was passed into law by 10 states in 1988.

aha! by this enactment! not by the court! the court is subversive to this enactment?

btw, don’t muslim feel ashamed that there is such an enactment? the government has to control and restrict propaganda of non islamic religions? this shows the muslim faith is not strong!

The states are: Selangor, Malacca, Perak, Terengganu, Kelantan, Kedah, Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Johor and Perlis.

The Catholic Church is suing the Home minister to overturn the Home minister’s ban.

The lawsuit stems from the government’s assertion that “Allah” should strictly refer to the Muslim God in Malaysia. This is a view that the Catholic Church has been challenging.

The word “Allah”, the church argues, does not belong only to the Muslims.

The Herald is published in four languages, including the national language Bahasa Malaysia (BM), which caters to the indigenous Malaysians from Sabah and Sarawak, who are mostly Christians.

Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Reverend Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam filed the suit on February 16 to get a declaration from the courts that the church has the right to use the word in print and in church services.

The Home ministry, which issues the annual printing permit for all publications, had warned the church to stop using the word.

Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, who headed the ministry then, claimed the church’s use of the word “Allah” in any literature published in BM would confuse Muslims, who make up the biggest religious group in the country.

This is the second consecutive year in which Archbishop Murphy Pakiam is suing the Home minister to settle the dispute over the use of the word “Allah”.

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